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reviews a Silchester-based business producing beauty products with recyclable packaging, organic ingredients and free from animal testing.

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recent high proďŹ le cases of sexual harrasment in the workplace in the news, we look at what can be done to address the issue

21 Will your business Flourish? Melanie Curtis tells us about their business improvement service - could your business do with a boost?

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Make sure you book out the 21st and 22nd July for Marvellous Festival - the longest running tribute festival which takes place at Dinton Pastures. This hugely popular family festival brings you ďŹ fteen World-Class Tribute Acts around, including Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Tina Turner, as well as children’s entertainment, silent disco, food stalls and beer tents. If you’re making a weekend of it, why not camp for the weekend? With a variety of tickets on sale; single days, weekend and camping, there really is something for everyone.



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very warm and sunny welcome to July’s issue of Village Eye magazine. This month you will ďŹ nd the magazine is packed full of summer holiday ideas, both for days out locally (p. 40-41) and also for your last-minute trips abroad (p.12-13). And there are still lots of fetes, fun days and concerts to check out, too. So why not kick back with cup of tea and enjoy this fun-packed, bumper issue - our 70th!


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columnist, Jack Worboys, test drives the Hyundai I20. Will it live up to its reputation?


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Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity! Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launch its 2018 Vital Signs survey. Can you spend just five minutes to give your opinion of life in the county? If you do, you can then nominate a charity to win one of the prizes. This is the fifth year that the Vital Signs survey has been implemented to uncover the hidden areas of deprivation within Berkshire. It enables the Berkshire Community Foundation to produce a ‘health-check’ report prioritising need and the areas for action. This year the focus is on a safe home, good health and secure employment as the foundations of wellbeing. The results drive BCFs fundraising. The organisation raises funds for, and makes grants to local charities and community groups addressing identified need across Berkshire. Last year Mental Health was identified as the major issue and £250,000 was raised to fund vital projects improving the mental health of adults and children. Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive of BCF said “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people with local knowledge to influence our fundraising for the next year.” Please take the survey and help those in need in Berkshire: http://www.berkshirecf.org/ vital-signs-survey

inspireS BIKE RIDE! Four years ago Mortimer resident, Paul Carless, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. Shortly after diagnosis, Paul met the original WI Calendar Girls who produced the famous alternative - WI nude calendar in 2000 which raised money for Leukemia Research. They inspired Paul to get involved with the charity Bloodwise which raises funds for research into cures for all blood cancers. Paul started to undertake physical challenges to raise funds and raise the profile of Bloodwise. The last couple of years have seen Paul and his friend, Tom Stockwell, cycle from London to Paris twice, complete the Blenheim Triathlon and the London Ride100 and ride from Coast to Coast across the UK. When ‘The Girls’ musical (written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth about the WI Calendar Girls and their fundraising initiative) was running in London's West End last year, Paul helped in a voluntary capacity with merchandising and bucket collections. The opening song from the show contains a lyric about a flower truck that drove from Amsterdam to Yorkshire. This is the inspiration for this year's challenge. From 10th - 14th July, Paul and Tom will be cycling from Amsterdam to Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. The WI Girls are very supportive of their challenge, which is intended to salute the Calendar Girls for inspiring Paul, but also as a mark of thanks for everything they have done for blood cancer patients. The Girls will be there at the finish and the boys have had some amazing support, including a lovely message from Julie Walters who starred in the film and from Tim Firth, the film writer and Gary Barlow who wrote the musical.

THE Sun Shone for FIRST Sun Shine FESTIVAL Well, the Sun Shine Music Fest certainly stayed true to its word with the sun shining in abundance all across the late May Bank Holiday weekend for this inaugural event. Over 2000 music fans from far and wide came to enjoy the first ever Sun Shine Music Fest, a family music festival - right on our doorstep in Padworth - and its mix of tribute bands and ‘originals’. With bands including Katrina (ex-Katrina and the Waves) and Doctor & the Medics, and tribute bands including Ed Sheeran, Take That, Katy Perry and Duran Duran.

We’d like to give a big shout out to the festival team who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the Sun Shine Music Fest happen, as well as all the volunteers who gave their time so willingly. All in all, great acts, good food, fabulous fun and the most amazing crowd. And the best news is, they’re ready to do it all again! The Sun Shine Music Fest has announced 2019 Super Early Bird Tickets are now on sale, with WEEKEND CAMPING tickets available for just £30! (Under 13s go free, too!) Now that really is an offer not to miss, so what are you waiting for? Check out their Facebook page Sun Shine Music Fest for the link to book these Super Early Bird tickets

Alongside the music were some delicious food stalls, real ale and cider from award-winning breweries and a fun fair - with a helter skelter you could see for miles - and entertainment for the kids. For those preferring shelter, seating and quick bar service, there was also a VIP area, hosted by none other than our good selves at Village Eye magazine! After dark, the party kept on going with the Silent Disco always a great way to end the night! Silchester-based charity, Guardian Angels (who support the welfare and well being of children who have suffered the loss of a parent or guardian) were ever-present all weekend, supplying volunteers for all manner of tasks including main gate, litter picking and bar duties.


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hen local yoga teacher, Luci Trendle qualified to teach yoga over ten years ago, it wouldn’t ever have occurred to her that one day, she would be recommended by her highly renowned teacher, Swami Ambikananda, founder of the Traditional Yoga Association, to teach in her place at the World Yoga Festival. What an accolade!

Luci began her yoga journey almost 20 years ago and it had such a profound impact on her life that she very soon became aware that it was a fundamental part of her well-being. With the experience and knowledge of the transformative benefits of yoga, Luci teaches with a therapeutic approach. Appreciating that everybody’s physiology is different she encourages students to explore their own limitations at their own pace. Her up-beat attitude and sense of humour are evident in her classes, too, making her one of the most popular yoga teachers in the area.


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The festival includes dancing and music performances from world class performers, too, as well as serving up the very best of vegetarian and vegan food, so you will find nourishment for the soul there, too. Reviewers talk about the quality of teaching, the stunning, serene setting, as well as the warm, welcoming atmosphere, so why not go along to find out?

ots ffer all existing eat perks for y The World Yoga Festival is now in its third year and takes place here in the UK at Beale Park from 19th - 22nd July. It brings together the most revered collection of teachers in traditional yoga, meditation and wisdom and promises to be one-ofa-kind for yogis of all ages, abilities and disciplines.

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he decision last year to stop West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough residents using Reading Borough Council’s Smallmead tip was hugely unpopular with the locals. Residents of Spencers Wood, Theale and Mortimer who live on the edge of West Berkshire and so are far nearer to the Reading ‘tip’ than the next closest in Newbury were furious at the additional distance they would need to travel to dispose of household waste responsibly. People’s fears over increased fly tipping as a result seem to have been well founded, so we’re hoping that a recent decision by West Berkshire Council to expand the recycling centre at Padworth will be a popular one - and cut down on that fly-tipping too.

A West Berkshire Council executive approved a plan on 30th June to expand the recycling centre at Padworth and bring in resident permits. The new measures include the expansion of the Padworth recycling centre, which currently only takes recyclables, to take all household rubbish (like the Newbury tip). In addition to that, a permit scheme will issue people who live in West Berkshire with a free vehicle permit to access the recycling centres in Newtown Road, Newbury and Padworth following a decision by Hampshire County Council to stop paying towards the cost of Hampshire people crossing the border to use West Berkshire tips. So, watch this space and let’s keep everything crossed that things move quickly.

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t’s only a few weeks until Marvellous Festival descends on the beautiful Dinton Pastures Country Park. And, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, they are selling fast, so be quick! If you were introduced to the fun that “a family music festival’ can be at the Sunshine Festival in Padworth over the May Bank Holiday, then you won’t want to miss Marvellous - the country’s longest running tribute festival. This year’s Marvellous is set to take place over the weekend of July 2122 and promises no fewer than 15 world-class tribute acts on the main stage, plus the Wokingham Music Club stage featuring a plethora of unsigned local talent. This year we will see the introduction of a third acoustic stage to compliment the main stage. Marvellous is wellknown for serving up an eclectic mix of musical genres and eras, and this year you will be right royally entertained by tributes to The Eagles, Coldplay, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, T. Rex, Santana, Pink, Led Zeppelin, Tom Jones, Tina Turner . . . and more!


New for 2018 is a ‘Silent Disco’ tent where dancers wear headphones and can switch between two channels of music being transmitted wirelessly to them by the DJ - great fun to do and to watch! The festival offers both day and weekend tickets, complete with camping and glamping packages, and the best way to enjoy the full Marvellous experience is to do the whole weekend under canvas. Look forward to seeing you in July‌

Beginning its life in 2003, Marvellous was the first festival of its kind and, to this day, remains the biggest and best. It is fiercely proud of its reputation, offering families the opportunity to experience a full-on festival atmosphere in a safe and friendly environment. What’s not to like? Kids of all ages will find plenty to do with fabulous fairground rides on tap plus loads of free activities



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in the Big Kids’ Village - including balloon modelling, arts and crafts, games and face-painting... It’s all going on, and more attractions are yet to be announced.



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I was recently sent two products from Silchester-based Roar Wellbeing. If I’m completely honest I was a little bit dubious at the start as I hadn’t really ever tried beauty products which claimed to be so natural... The results surprised me! Before I tried the products, I read up on the brand and was impressed at the ethos behind it. The ‘ROAR’ stands for, ‘Recyclable Packaging’, ‘Organic Ingredients’, ‘Animal Friendly’ (tested on humans and not animals) and ‘Responsible Sourcing’. Once I knew this, I started to test the products: Roarmove Facial Cleanser & the Roarplenish Hand Lotion with a completely open mind. When both products arrived, I thought initially how great they looked, I loved the packaging and they look much more luxurious than their price tag. The hand lotion comes with a handy dispenser and it did a good job of making my hands feel moisturised without over saturating them with product. Personally, I feel that this product would be best for those with dry/very dry hands that need that extra love and care. The bottle itself houses a lot of product and I feel it would last a long time - definite value for money.

The cleanser for me is the real star of the show! I loved it from the moment I first used it. It smells fresh, slightly fruity and really glides on my skin. Dare I say it… I think it’s even going to replace my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish!! It really is that good! For me, it’s more moisturising than the Liz Earle one which is what slightly irritated me about the Cleanse & Polish. Since using this, my skin feels refreshed and properly clean. I’ve been using it for just over a month and have not had a single skin problem in that time, even during ‘that time’ of the month. I would wholeheartedly recommend this product and am definitely going to be repurchasing when I run out. Both products, along with an impressive range of handmade skincare products can be found at roarwellbeing.com Well done to Jade Davies, the range’s owner and inventor - we predict big things for you - your products roar!

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he most common skin complaints include uneven skin tone, pigmentation that gives the appearance of darker patches on the face, enlarged pores that are difficult to clear up, adult acne or hormonal breakouts, and scarring and pitting of the skin from acne and spots. Problem skin is now easily treatable, and there are a range of procedures that will leave you loving the skin you’re in. From skin resurfacing and cellular renewal to collagen and elastin simulation, there is so much more out there than just cleansing and toning! Here is a run-down of some of the most popular treatments that will give you smooth, radiant and glowing skin that will last all summer... Obagi Blue Radiance Peel A skin peel will take away the build up of dry dead skin cells on the skin surface and in doing so, will generate the production of new plump skin cells to replace them. This gentle and simple process has the effect of reducing pigmentation and blemishes, lines and wrinkles, and giving skin a healthy, youthful glow. It’s a great way of kick starting the resurfacing of your skin from within.

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Dermalux Light Therapy Using LED lights to calm and hydrate the skin, Dermalux Light Therapy is a relaxing and mood-enhancing treatment. It’s noninvasive, uses pure light to accelerate the skin’s natural repair processes and is clinically proven to effectively treat acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Medical Microdermabrasion Poor skin quality is caused when old, dead skin cells lie on the skin surface, clogging the pores and making it look dull and unhealthy. Using ‘medical grade’ crystals to buff away the dead skin cells, medical microdermabrasion removes the dead skin cells and stimulates the production of new skin cells, it also stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, leaving the skin radiant, smoother and younger looking with a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermaroller Is a procedure that uses a refined micro-needling technique to stimulate the skin to regenerate and repair itself. The process causes the skin surface to tighten and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to create smoother, more even-toned, younger looking skin. Said to be a big favourite of Jennifer Aniston, Jen is looking amazing in her 50th year! EDS Microneedling This collagen-stimulating treatment uses microneedles to penetrate the deep dermis of the skin and introduce Hyaluronic Acid (HA) to rehydrate the skin surface. This treatment is ideal for tackling scarring and pigmentation.

Actress Jennifer Aniston is said to be a big fan of Dermaroller and Microneedling

Endymed Skin Tightening This is the treatment endorsed by Kim Kardashian that gives her that perfect, tightened, glowing skin. Endymed delivers heat deep into the dermal layers of the skin, creating an immediate tightening effect on the collagen structure and stimulating new collagen growth. Using the most advanced radiofrequency

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technology, Endymed treatments have little to no downtime and provide longlasting results.

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Baby Don’t Worry It’s all included! by Lisa Churchill, Manager, Triangle Travel (Mortimer Branch)


owever much you might plan to have a week or two of ultimate relaxation, holidays can be extremely stressful. Making sure that you have the best deal, that you’ve chosen the best location, that you have enough money whilst you’re away, that you’ve organised transfers from the airport to the resort, can all play their part in making your dream holiday an altogether chaotic experience. One way to eliminate the stress factor from your holiday is to consider some of the many inclusive options available. With an all inclusive holiday you get

to enjoy the beneďŹ t of literally leaving your wallet in your hotel room. When you book your holiday, you will pay for food, drinks, activities etc. up front. Most of us will know the feeling all too well, of being on holiday and constantly watching how much you spend - especially when you are travelling with kids. An ice cream here, a soft drink there - it can all add up. Trying to keep a tally of how much your meals cost and totting up the total of your drinks whilst attempting to convert the currency is enough to fry anyone’s brain. This isn’t what your holiday was supposed to be about!

With all inclusive holidays you shouldn’t have to worry about budgeting for food and drinks because it’s already paid for. Depending on the deal you choose, all inclusive packages can offer a number of extras, on top of your food and drink. Many hotels will offer use of leisure facilities such as tennis courts and snorkelling equipment, all of which can substantially add to the cost of your holiday. All the hidden extras of your holiday that would otherwise cost a Euro here or a Dollar there are covered in your all inclusive package. At Triangle Travel this summer, they will be running a special

family fun week with specialists on hand from some of the top family tour operators around including Mark Warner, Beaches & Classic Collection Holidays to share their expertise in al things family and all-inclusive to you all. Running from Monday 6th - Saturday 11th August, this fun-packed promotional week will also include a number of competitions where you could win a holiday voucher - or one of their many other prizes which will up for grabs too! For all of your holiday needs, get the personal touch by having a chat with the experts in the know! Call Triangle Travel on 0118 933 1177 or visit www.triangletravel.co.uk

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Beaches Ocho Rios has something for everyone in the family. If you’re game for “surf & turf,” from a huge action-adventure waterpark to championship golf for the whole family, look no further than Beaches Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort, voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Twenty-two acres of lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous private white-sand beach, seven gourmet restaurants, three fantastic swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool and an entire ocean of watersports are just a few of the places & things to explore.

Enjoying a splendid location overlooking the seafront and promenade, and 3km from the resort centre of Playa Blanca, The ‘H10 Rubicon Palace offers a fantastic array of amenities including numerous sports and fitness facilities, five outdoor swimming pools and a full programme of daytime activities and evening entertainment. Families are well catered for with children’s clubs and pools; one even boasts a pirate boat and cannon! Alternatively, Despacio Thalasso Centre offers a wide range of indulgent treatments. All Inclusive 16th February 2019 4* H10 Rubicon Palace 7 nights: £5,246 per family Book before 15th September and save £254 per family

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This beautiful Mediterranean beach resort sits within stunning, mature gardens on a dazzling bay with superb facilities including tennis, mountain and road cycling in the surrounding hills, excellent conditions for all watersports and outstanding childcare amenities. Positioned on the west coast of Turkey, this gem of a resort is found on the outskirts of the harbour town of Foça, with its mix of traditional fishing boats and modern sail yachts plus an array of restaurants from where you can enjoy the stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A mixture of 5 nights full board and 2 nights half board, the deal includes: childcare/watersports/onshore activities 7 nights from Gatwick 2 adults and 2 children Total cost £3536.00

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Hyundai i20 The i20 sits in what is very quickly becoming an even tougher sector than it was before with the likes of the Seat Ibiza, VW Polo and Ford Fiesta all vying to be the best. All of those listed have just released brand new models and Hyundai is hoping this mid-life facelift will keep the i20 in contact with that tough competition to offer the sensible money option. The upgrades are mostly cosmetic with the exception of a new automatic gearbox. The main cosmetic updates are to the front grille, rear bumper and rear lights. The styling generally follows the trends for lots of creases and slots. Another feature proving common at the moment is a gloss black C pillar to blend the rear passenger windows into the rear window. The exterior styling looks modern and sharp. It could have a little more personality, but it’s well proportioned and smart. One thing that isn’t so modern is naturally aspirated engines. There are two 1.2-litre petrols offering 74 and 83bhp through a fivespeed manual gearbox, then a turbo petrol which kicks out 118bhp through a sixspeed manual. There is also a 1.0-litre diesel offering 99bhp with the option of the five-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. One change is that Hyundai’s SafetySense driver aids are now standard on all-but the base model. Another big difference is that the old radio display from the out-going car is replaced with a 7-inch touchscreen boasting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Sat-nav is also available on the more

premium Nav models. Other options on the higher models bring collision avoidance and lane assist. The driving experience matches the slightly uninspiring engine lineup. Ride quality is adequate and you’ll have no problem getting from A to B, but it’s not going to set your hair on fire! The automatic gearbox is fairly smooth, but will never match the polish of the German alternatives. This slightly un-refined driving experience is not helped by an out-dated interior, which is a shame next to the sharper exterior. The dashboard is made of a large expanse of black plastics with very minor silver highlights, offering a stark contrast to the current fashion of gloss black plastic and body-coloured highlights. The i20 is spacious enough to house four adults in relative comfort and still hold enough luggage in the boot, but unfortunately this is something that can also be said for rivals like the Polo or Fiesta, and for very little extra money they offer better driving dynamics and more exciting styling. The i20 has had a tough time on its hands with its rivals all releasing new cars. For me the i20’s time will come when Hyundai move into the next model cycle and can re-model the i20 from the ground up. That’s the point when it will have a chance to hold it’s own next to those big-name rivals. Overall, the updates are welcome additions and it remains a sensible, good value option alongside the more established rivals. For me though, it is unfortunately showing it’s age compared to its rivals.

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Hatches Matches & Dispatches A celebrant can provide an inspirational alternative for those wanting a non-traditional service for any occasion. In today’s more secular and less religious society, for many people using a celebrant to mark important milestones is growing as a preferred choice.


s a society, most of us feel that it’s important to mark those important milestones - welcoming a baby into the world, getting married or saying goodbye to family members when they pass away. But the traditional way doesn’t always sit comfortably and as these occasions happen so infrequently, it’s hard to be aware of all the options. One of the options growing in popularity is to bring a Celebrant to your ceremony. A Celebrant creates a totally personal ceremony that reflects the beliefs, values and the interests of the couple or the family. The Celebrant creates, writes and conducts the ceremony. You can choose favourite songs, poems, readings or song lyrics. You could have a completely themed ceremony with family participating as much or as little as they like. So, if Uncle Bill preferred a bit of Led Zeppelin to The Lord is my Shepherd, the family is no longer limited to having to have a Ministerled ceremony and can choose a truly personal way to say goodbye with a Celebrant. Local celebrant, “Alison Carter” of Springwood Ceremonies told us, “There are practical aspects that have to take place for a wedding or a funeral – marriage registration by registrar and either a cremation or burial - but you can certainly include a Celebrant as part of the ceremony mix.”

A key difference between a Humanist (which more people may have heard of as an alternative type of ceremony...) and a Civil Celebrant is that a Civil Celebrant ceremony can include religious content, such as a hymn or a prayer. With a humanist ceremony, you wouldn’t be able to do that. This can be a wonderful solution when a couple with different cultural beliefs or backgrounds are marrying or welcoming a baby into the world. Both family backgrounds can be honoured and celebrated, creating the perfect family occasion. Alison tells us, “In today’s ‘individual’ society and brand ‘Me’ people are looking to reflect their personality, values and how they live their life in a more authentic way.” There are lots of ways that you springwoodceremonies.co.uk can personalise your ceremony. Children can write a little story, draw a picture and, of course, carry rings or symbolic items. You can write your own vows, tributes, dreams and aspirations to share. At a baby naming, guide parents can share their promises for the child. And ceremonies really can take place at any location – your home, a hotel, in the woods, on the beach - anywhere that is significant to you – as long as you have the relevant permissions. Some people even include their pets! Alison decided to become a Celebrant because, not only does she love meeting people and hearing their stories, but she also believes that there should be a choice in

how you celebrate life events. Her previous career in marketing was based on creating stories about products and services. This is the same story creation, but it’s about people and expressing the love they feel. So when you next have a major family milestone to mark, make it personal with Alison at Springwood Ceremonies.

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he most enjoyable aspect of our work at Bluesky is to create financial plans for our clients. These are highly detailed strategy documents that create a ‘road map’ for the years to come. All financial plans are bespoke to the individuals that we are working with and will show how a client’s aspirations can be achieved and provide our comments on the choices they need to make.

to do with any debt, most commonly the mortgage. Should we look to repay it quicker and should we reallocate funds from elsewhere in the family finances to do it?

Frequently, we arrive at a crossroads in the process. One such dilemma is what

Back to the mortgage, consider the following examples:

Just a quick detour here, some debts such as credit cards and overdraft are ‘bad debt’ and these should be paid off as priority as often the rates of interest are extremely high.

Of course, there have been some generalisations in the examples provided. You should always double check the terms of your mortgage to make sure you are permitted to overpay as it is not usually advisable to pay a penalty to make a lump sum payment.

Overpay by £100 each month... Our couple have a £100,000 mortgage, with a term of 20 years, an interest rate of 2.5% and the mortgage is a typical Capital and Interest repayment mortgage. Monthly payment Mortgage term Total amount paid No overpayments £529.90 20 Years £127,175.59 With Overpayments of £100/m £629.90 16 years, 1 month £121,544.54 The overpayment of £100/m will save £5,631 of interest and will reduce the mortgage term by almost 4 years.

Overpay with a one-off Payment of £5,000

Fancy having a play with the figures yourself? There are lots of calculators to be found on-line, so give it a go. Yes, there are other things that you could do with the extra money instead of overpaying the mortgage, but that’s an article for another day.

Using the same couple, a one-off bonus of £5,000 is used to reduce the mortgage (the £100/m overpayment is not included in this example). Monthly payment Mortgage term Total amount paid No overpayments £529.90 20 Years £127,175.59 With a single £5,000 £529.90 18 years, 10 months £124,256.66 overpayment, made in 12 months’ time. Once again, we can see that it has reduced the term (by just over a year) and saved a significant amount of interest (a little under £3,000). Could paying down the mortgage quickly enable early retirement?


Rob Starling is Partner and Chartered Financial Planner with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners.


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ollowing a number of high profile complaints and the #metoo movement, sexual harassment in the workplace is a hot topic. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued a new Report entitled “Turning the Tables: Ending Sexual Harassment at Work”. The Report raises concerns about sexual harassment in the workplace and found that the existing framework of obligations and guidance for employers are not (in practice) protecting workers from sexual harassment. Although the Report only contains recommendations in the current climate, those recommendations may well be adopted. The Report sets out recommendations which aim to facilitate change in workplace culture by forcing employers to take more responsibility for preventing harassment and to promote greater transparency surrounding harassment incidents and to strengthen protection available for harassment victims by recommending new laws. The key recommendations include:The introduction of a mandatory duty requiring employers to protect workers which, if breached, would constitute an unlawful act for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010;

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25% uplift in compensation when an employer breaches the code; The development of an online tool that facilitates the reporting of sexual harassment; The introduction of safeguards to restrict the use of confidentiality clauses to prevent disclosure of past acts of harassment. The Report goes on to recommend a further collection of data to properly understand what is happening in the workplace, an extension of time for people to bring claims for sexual harassment, the requirement on employers that they publish their Sexual Harassment Policies on their websites, and sexual harassment training for managers, staff and workplace sexual harassment “champions”. The advice to any company in this climate is to have an AntiHarassment Policy in place, clear reporting procedures and trained staff so that reports of harassment are handled correctly. Those steps will help protect businesses and their staff. For advice about any employment related issues please contact:Anna Illingworth Head of Employment and Dispute Resolution Anna.illingworth@ rowberrymorris.co.uk

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Donʼt let your Holiday be a pain!

he holiday season is upon us, and whether you are jetting off to a tropical island, camping in Cornwall, or visiting relatives, these tips will help keep you ache free and smiling….

it takes the strain off your neck and shoulders and helps stop them aching. And now for my particular bugbear… PILLOWS!!

First of all, try to travel light. You donʼt want to strain your back lifting your bulging case into the car before youʼve even left home! Try taking two small cases rather than one huge one, particularly if travelling by car, when theyʼll fit in more easily, and be far less strain to get in and out. If youʼre lucky enough to be flying somewhere, remember the miles you have to walk through airports and think about having a case on wheels which you wonʼt have to carry. If you have neck or shoulder problems, you may find it helps to push the case in front of you, rather than having to twist your body pulling it behind.

Whether you are in a bivouac half way up a mountain, or relaxing in luxury in a five star resort, when you lie down to sleep you need proper support for your neck. Soft fluffy pillows may look lovely, but if they collapse to nothing when you rest your head on them, you may well wake up with neck ache. Equally a rock of a pillow in a back packers lodge will do you no favours either! When you are lying down, the ideal is to have your spine in a straight line. If you lie on your side and your pillows are too thin, or piled too high, your neck will be at an awkward angle, thus stressing the joints. Lying flat on your back with too many or no pillows will also leave you at an awkward angle.

Once on the plane (or in the car, bus, or coach) think about your sitting posture. Itʼs important to maintain the arch in the small of your back, so use a small pillow or rolled up jumper to keep a comfortable position. To save your neck and shoulders aching, think about supporting your arms, either on the arm rests in a plane or coach, or take a cushion with you in the car. If your arms are supported,

The solution is quite simple…have one or two pillows (depending on thickness and sleeping position), then roll up a towel or jumper into a sausage shape, and place inside the front of the pillowcase. This roll will then sit under your neck, supporting your spine in a neutral position and hopefully aiding a good nightʼs sleep and a very enjoyable holiday...

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Enter then, Christine McElhill, one of Nat West’s team of Community Bankers. These specialist community bankers work in local communities affected by branch closures such as Mortimer. As part of their their role, they provide customers with personal assistance in accessing banking services (in Tadley Office 4 Bedroom Family Home person), often operating out of libraries and Constructed circa 2014 by Bellway homes, this impressive detached residence community cafes.has been

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Since 1990 the UK has lost almost half of its high street bank branches more than 8,000. Another 2,500 are expected to close by the end of 2018. There are now more than 900 towns with just one bank left, and 1,200 communities have been left Pamber with no Heath bank at all. Chief executive of NatWest, Ross McEwan, described how many of its branches were under threat. He said: ‘The truth is some branches hardly see a customer, which is why we are taking tough decisions about closing some, and sometimes making staff redundant — although that is always a last resort.’

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ave you got a gas BBQ? Are you fed up with cooking burgers and sausages all of time? Do you want to explore the true potential of your BBQ? If so, pop along to see Rob and the Calor Centre Team at Mortimer Fun Day on 7th July where they will be demonstrating what new things can be cooked on a BBQ!

Why not stop by, say hi and maybe sample the food on offer... Whilst you are there, you can also have a go at their take on an old fairground favourite - Gas Can Hula Hoopla! With BBQʼs and other fun prizes on offer to the highest scoring adults and children throughout the day, why not pop along and have a go.

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Are you tired of the same old BBQ chicken? Itʼs the World cup, which means that more often than not, there will be beer or two involved. Score a winning recipe your barbecue this year with this tasty recipe guaranteed to keep the meat really tender and juicy. The steaming beer keeps the meat moist while the high heat crisps the skin, delivering a perfect roasted chicken each time, every time. Keep things simple and serve with grilled veg, salad or warm breads.

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Rub the outside of the skin with poultry seasoning. Lightly cover the entire chicken and grind fresh pepper & salt all over, to desired taste. Place 2-3 small cloves of garlic in beer can along with 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Place the beer can on the stainless steel base then place the diffuser cone with diffuser plate over the beer can. Place the chicken on the assembled roaster and add vegetables, herbs and spices around the chicken.

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Pour in a liquid to steam the vegetables and add flavour and aroma such as more beer, water, or a fruit juice. Place the roaster with the chicken on the grill, keeping lid closed. Cook the chicken 18-20 min. per pound, or until the breast meat has reached an internal temperature of 170ºC. Remember: Check that the juices run clear before serving this chicken dish to ensure itʼs cooked through, and bare in mind that cooking times will vary depending on the size of your chicken. Meat thermometers may also be a good idea when cooking large pieces of meat on the BBQ. Serve with salad, fresh bread and share with friends.

Calor in the Community MORTIMER FUN DAY

Tucked away next to Mortimer Station is our local Calor Gas Centre which has been serving the community in Mortimer and surrounding villages for over 18 years. Newcomers to the village - and residents of surrounding villages - may not yet have discovered Mortimerʼs Calor Gas and the fact that itʼs not just gas that they supply. The centre is busy all year round supplying gas appliances and Autogas, barbecues and Camping Gaz in the summer months and portable heaters in the winter months. So, if youʼve been eyeing up that gas barbecue for a while, or youʼre looking to top-up you Camping Gaz before you load the car with tents and kit this summer, then look no further. Drive into Mortimer Station and youʼll find Calor Gas directly in front of you, with ample parking. Once youʼve got your gas - how about having a go at one of the many mouth watering BBQ recipes available on their website www.calor.co.uk/recipes

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FUN DAY SAT 7th July



Welcome to the Tenth Mortimer Fun Day


Once again our Fun Day will be a day full of thrills, excitement and surprises. There are great new arena events and activities never seen before at the Fun Day; plenty of inflatable fun, a host of market row stalls and local groups and clubs, a bigger and better children’s area and plenty of other activities to keep every member of the family occupied throughout the day. As part of the Mortimer Village Partnership’s continuing aim to bring groups, organisations and individuals within our community closer together we can proudly boast that this Fun Day is an event run BY our community FOR our community! The Mortimer Village Partnership would like to wish you all a very enjoyable day.

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13:00 All Star Dance 13:30 Reading Operatic Society 14:00 Totally Smashed it!


16:00 Reading Scottish Pipe Band 16:30 3SIXTY Bicycle Stunt Team



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Proud of your pooch? – then prove to the world that you own a top dog. Classes and times are as follows: 12:15pm: Cutest puppy (under 12 months), 12.45pm: Waggiest Tail, 1.15pm: Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home 1.45pm: Dog Most Like Their Owner, 2:15: Best Junior Handler (under 14 years) 2.45pm: Most appealing Eyes, 3:15pm: Prettiest Girl, 3.45pm: Handsomist boy dog, 4:15pm: Golden Oldie (8 years +). Guide Dogs are kindly sponsoring the dog show in the Pets’ Arena from 12.15 to 4.15pm. Entries can be made on the day at the Guide Dogs stall no later than ten minutes before your chosen event. Rosettes and prizes will be awarded for 1st to 3rd places. Entries cost just £2.50. (All proceeds to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.)

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Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of our popular gift hampers filled with prizes from the Fun Day market stall holders and local businesses including Elizabeth Kempson Hairdressing, Rachel’s Boutique, Fit 4 Sports, Turners Arms, Calor Gas, Thames Rivercruise, Willink Leisure, Wellington Country Park, Elm Tree, RB Design, Triangle Travel Adam & Eve, Wokefield Estate, Cinnamon Tree, Heaven on Earth Alpine Snowports, Bracknell Leisure & Beautiful Escape. All money raised by the raffle goes towards covering the cost of the event.

Many thanks to these local companies for their sponsorship of the Fun Day



nique Outdoors is one of the UK’s biggest outdoor activity centres based at Wokefield Estate, Mortimer! Located onsite with De Vere’s Mansion House hotel and golf course; we’re open for fun and adventure all year round. Whether you’re planning a morning out with friends, a romantic date with a different spin, an afternoon out with the kids or an evening in the laser woods with some friends! We offer activities to adults and children and with most sessions starting from 8 years old we have all sorts of visitors coming to see us.

And don’t forget that Unique Outdoors offers fantastic birthday parties for your kids aged from 8 up to 15 years old. Popular party packages include woodland laser combat, archery, zorbing and high ropes! They promise parents a relaxing (although possibly quite noisy!) experience. We also have special deals available to Scout groups across Berkshire.


Get together with family and friends at Burghfield Spices on Sundays from 1pm to 10pm For just £9.95 for adults and children* £6.95 we’ll treat you to a selection of 15 popular dishes, sides and pappadoms - and you can leave the washing up to us!

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With an have an outstanding reputation for the way they deliver their activities and are proud holders of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 & 2018!

Why not get out and enjoy the great outdoors, taking a leap out of your comfort zone at the same time? We’ll see you out there, rain or shine!

Come along and Play in our zorbs at the Fun Day!

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We’d also like to invite you to join us every first Thursday of each month for our live music evenings.

You can see what people have been posting about them on their Trip Advisor, Google and Facebook pages by searching Unique Outdoors online.

Price ranges between £1325 per person and we have some awesome packages to take advantage of. Our family package includes 2 activities for £30 or 3 for £40 per person. The Adrenaline Trio (high ropes) and Double Shot (archery and woodland laser combat) are some other exciting options to choose from!

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Book your activities by contacting a member of the team on 0118 933 1806 or email us at info@ uniqueoutdoors.co.uk. For more information on pricing and what we offer just visit www.uniqueoutdoors.co.uk

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Property of the Month Royal Gardens, Tadley 4 Bedroom Family Home

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Constructed circa 2014 by Bellway homes, this impressive detached residence has been well-maintained by the original owner and is offered for sale with no onward chain. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac within easy walking distance of Tadley centre with its range of shopping facilities, amenities, schools and regular bus routes to Reading and Basingstoke, this wellpresented home is also within short driving distance of various train stations and both the M3 and M4 motorways. Set over three floors, internal accommodation benefits from UPVC double glazing and gas radiator central heating and comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, modern fitted kitchen/ diner with bay window and a range of integrated appliances, lounge with feature log burner, four well-proportioned double bedrooms with en-suite shower room to the master and separate family bathroom. Externally the property offers private driveway with garage to the side and easy maintenance south facing garden to rear.

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Property of the Month Stanbury Gate Spencers Wood 3 bedroom terraced house

A superbly presented property situated in a tranquil setting overlooking beautifully maintained grounds with a lake. The property comprises spacious lounge/dining room, recently fitted kitchen, cloakroom and upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Other benefits: gas central heating, garage, private garden and easy access to Reading and the M4. AVAILABLE EARLY AUGUST

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Theale office

• Additional Flexi Room

• 2 Reception Rooms

• Village Location

• Refitted Kitchen

• Close to J12 of M4

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Burghfield Common Office

• Mortimer station within one mile

• Ensuites to both Bedrooms

• Countryside location with views

• Enclosed rear garden

• Character 3 bedroomed cottage

• Popular cul-de-sac location

• Large gardens

• Close to local amenities • Available mid July

£825pcm Tadley office


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• Ground Floor Maisonette

• 2 Bedrooms

• 2 Bedrooms

• 1 Reception Room

• 1 Reception Room

• 1 Bathroom

• 1 Bathroom

• Unfurnished • Available Now



• Ground Floor Apartment


• Available July

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• Two Bedroom terraced house

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Property of the Month St Ives Close, Theale

Three, 4 Bedroom Newbuilds available

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Parkers are delighted to bring to the market a selection of three newly built, four bedroom detached executive homes with prices starting from £625,000. Positioned in a private and secluded close the properties are finished to a high standard with all benefiting from underfloor heating, a large kitchen diner with bifold doors, four bedrooms, en suite facilities and come with a 10 year warranty. Located in the desirable village of Theale the properties are well placed to take advantage of all the village has to offer, the bustling high street, the highly regarded primary school and the villages mainline station, that provides direct services to London Paddington and Cross Rail (2019), are all within walking distance. These are the first New Build properties to be built in Theale in the last 5 years

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• Approx 150ft garden

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• 17ft useful office space

• Well-kept garden

• Walking distance of High Street

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Theale office

• 5 Double Bedroom Family Home

• 3 bedroom end of terrace

• Master with dressing area and en-suite facilities

• No onward chain • Garage in nearby block

• Walking distance to mainline station

• Separate dining room

• Generous Gardens

• 17ft Kitchen


• Close to mainline station

• Quiet Close Location


Theale office

Theale office

• 2 bedroom ground floor maisonette

• 4 bedroom detached • 28ft lounge/dining room

• No Onward Chain

• 16ft master bedroom

• Driveway parking

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• Garage

• No onward chain • Close to village centre

• Unique opportunity




• Refitted 19ft kitchen/dining room

• Rear garden


• Walking distance of High Street

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Property of the Month Monktons Lane Mortimer 3 bedroom Detached Bungalow


A newly renovated three bedroomed detached bungalow pleasantly situated in a quiet lane within walking distance of the railway station with fast connections to London Paddington. The property has been beautifully refurbished and modernised and offers spacious versatile accommodation including a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom with a walk in shower. There are lovely private mature gardens, a garage and off road parking. There is no onward chain. An early viewing is highly recommended.



Burghfield Common office


Burghfield Common office

• Character detached

• Light and airy accommodation

• Four bedrooms

• 25’ Dual aspect lounge

• Two bathrooms

• Three bedrooms

• Backing onto fields

• Garage in block

• 28’ Studio/garden room

• Quiet cul de sac location

• Total size 2049sq ft

Burghfield Common

Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common office

• Quiet and convenient location

• Well equipped kitchen/dining room

• Three bedrooms

• Three bedrooms

• Spacious dual aspect living room

• 16ft Living room

• Fitted kitchen area

• Refitted bathroom

• Gardens to front and rear

• Wi-fi controlled heating

• Garage in block

Burghfield Common

• Private rear gardens



• Quiet cul de sac location

• Finished to a high standard

• Two bedrooms

• Two bedrooms

• Lounge/dining room

• En-suite to the master bedroom

• Fitted Kitchen

• Underfloor heating

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• Allocated parking

Burghfield Common office

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Windows & Doors UPVC Windows, Doors, and conservatories provide outstanding security combined with energy efficiency and low maintenance. Made to order, Tailormade installed quality windows are available as a traditional outward opening casements, inward opening tilt and turns, or vertical sliding sash windows to name but a few, all in a choice of colours to suit your home.

Tailormade this summer We love it when a plan comes together! Burghfieldbased family business, Tailormade Windows, are ticking their business goals off one by one and it’s all thanks to you!


ristian Cross, owner of Tailormade, has steadily grown his business through recommendation and reputation. Over ten years on and the company’s thriving; so much so that Tailormade is proudly announcing its brand new office and local showroom.

Customers can now pop down to James Lane in Burghfield to see the products on offer ‘in the flesh’. These include windows, doors, french doors, fascias, soffits,

conservatories and - the current must-have Bifold doors. Tailormade offers aluminium, UPVC and composite products - for the home or business premises, providing replacement units as well as new build projects. Brands include Deceuninck, Veka and Rehau. Visits to the showroom are ‘by appointment’ so be sure to give them a ring to let them know when you’d like to go and take a look. Tristian is a craftsman in his trade with over twenty-five years in the industry. He is committed to every customer and every job, ensuring that he oversees the whole process from start to finish. He will survey, measure and install the job, with help from our team of specialists, and along the way give any honest


Bi-Fold Doors Bifold doors have taken the home improvement industry by storm in the last decade, and continue to be one of the more popular choices for the rear of the home in place of patio or French doors. Bifold doors are a flexible choice, allowing homeowners to make the most of the connection between their home and outside space.

advice and assistance. His expertise lies not only in the installation process but also knowledge of what products are suited to your property. Tristian’s wife Sarah runs the administration for Tailormade and having come from a high end corporate, customerfacing background for twenty years, offers care and communication which is second-to-none. And it’s this attention to detail - and the growing list of delighted customers - which has taken the company from strength-to-strength. The family’s continued goal is to be a well-respected, trusted local company for local people and from what we can see, they’re smashing it!

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR Berkshire Motor Park Show Prospect Sun 1 July A Family day out, and FREE ENTRY FOR PEDESTRIANS Have a walk with a T-Rex Dinosaur!!!!! Truck Demo,s, come and meet the character Display Truck TNT Academy demo’s throughout the day. Static display of Raptors. Hovercraft Rides.

A fantastic science-based exhibition and family activity day out in the streets of Milestones. Come along and learn about inventions and innovations developed in Hampshire, such as the Spitfire and Taskers engines. www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk



Teddy Bears Picnic Bug Hunt Back by popular demand, Beale Park’s Conservation Department will be running FREE Pond Dipping sessions in the summer holidays, giving youngsters the chance to discover what lurks beneath the water? Become a Pond Detective every Wednesday (see dates below) throughout the holidays, from 10.30am to 12.30pm If you would like to experience the amazing world of giant insects, meet a snake, stroke a Giant African Snail or get close to a tarantula, then pop along to the Park from 1.30pm to 3.30pm – you’re guaranteed to have a bugtastic time! www.bealepark.org.uk

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Wellington Country Park Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August If you go down to the Park today, you’re sure of a big surprise! They have lost their teddies! Can you find out which teddy is at what attraction to make sure they have got them all? During the event, your cherubs will be entertained by Big Foot, Story Time & Rhyme Time, Picnic on the Green, Big Bears Big Balloon Disco, Inflatables, A mini obstacle course & a teddy treasure hunt too! wellington-country-park.co.uk

Unicorns & Kingdoms Fairies 4Adventure Park Pop along to 4 Kingdoms between 31st July - 2nd August and you’ll have a chance to meet and greet their unicorns and fairies! Catch a glimpse of these magical beings wandering through the park whilst your little ones enjoy Toddler Village, their new Dragon Slide, Bouncy Pillows, Train Rides, a trip on the Pedalo Lake, Tractor Rides to visit their larger animals including cows, sheep , alpacas and llamas. Pack a picnic or take advantage of their cafe and ice cream kiosk (and relax). Phew! www.4-kingdoms.co.uk

Frensham Pond

Superhero Show

Situated between Farnham and Hindhead on either side of the A287 is the green flag awardwinning site of Frensham Great Pond. (nearest postcode GU10 2QB)

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell Sat 21 July to Sun 2 September. Are you a superhero? Go along and find out all about the science behind superpowers like invisibility and super strength! This entertaining and interactive live science show also has exciting demonstrations and experiments. Tickets for the show can be purchased from reception on the day. Suitable for age 5+.

This man-made beach stretches along a 13th century lake giving ample opportunity to sunbathe and swim in warm weather. The woodland trails and bridle paths around the pond and common provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy nature! If you’re going, our advice is get there before 10am as the traffic queue can get busy! Picnics Welcome.



Maize Maze Pop along to Bucklebury Farm Park this summer and get lost in their Maize Maize! As well as their deer herd, they have lots of friendly animals to see and meet. Visitors are also guaranteed fun in their adventure playground, on the jumping pillow, go-karts, obstacle course, den-building area and great indoor play area with its scary drop slides and soft play for little ones. www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

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READING FESTIVAL Despite the vast number of music festivals that have emerged across the UK, particularly over the past 10 years, Reading has managed to retain their status as a rite of passage for teenagers celebrating, or resolutely forgetting, their GCSE, AS- and A-level results. This year will be no different. And with one of the worldʼs largest festivals on our doorstep, chances are your teenage offspring may well be looking forward to this more than their leavers Prom! For many teens, this will be their first

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experience of the Festival scene - and, as anyone who has been would agree this one will see them diving straight into the deep end of the pool without a set of armbands in sight! If they are going without adults, parents can be left feeling understandably anxious about their intended revelry. The experience of being away and camping with friends is really exciting on its own. But big festivals can be overwhelming for anyone, and some festivals now offer day tickets – a good idea if they have never camped alone before. However, if they are set on gaining the full weekend experience, then the following tips may be helpful... Sticking with one other person is really important. The likelihood is that they will be going in a larger group - but ensuring they ʼbuddy upʼ with at least one other for the entirety of the weekend is always a good idea - sticking with this ʻbuddyʼ will help to ensure that they remain safe. Make sure you have contact numbers for the friends your teenagers are travelling with and ask for their parentsʼ phone numbers too. We are very lucky now that we can keep in touch so easily. Asking your kids to check in with you at a couple of set times a day by text can be reassuring. Most festivals have charging points for phones although be aware that some festivals have little or no mobile phone coverage.

Work out with your kids what equipment and money they think they will need. Reading is huge so make sure they can carry their stuff. Help them set a budget for each day and encourage them to leave their valuables at home taking just what they need. Talk to your kids about alcohol and ask them if they intend to drink. Even if they donʼt feel they can be honest with you at least you can explain how they can stay safe, what you consider is a safe amount to drink and what to do if they come across ʻa friendʼ who has had too much to drink. Sex and drugs and rock and roll...Yes, alcohol, drugs and other dangers at festivals can be a worry but remember this is also true of everyday life. Festivals are an educational, cultural and enlightening experience - and itʼs up to us as parents to equip them with as much of our own ʻwisdomʼ to give them the best possible chance of having a safe and happy memory-making festival. Being open with your kids on all these subjects will allow them to understand the dangers they may face. But ultimately, just like rock & roll, kids will make their own choices and mistakes in life - we can just do our best to guide them. If you do not feel able to talk to your kids about sex and drugs then there are some great websites aimed at teenagers. Try ʻTalk to Frankʼ www.talktofrank.com or speak to their school if you need further advice.

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Puppy Walkers Wanted BURGHFIELD-based charity Guide Dogs for the Blind is on the look-out for volunteer puppy walkers! Being a volunteer puppy walker is a full-time role as the puppy will live with the volunteer for the first year of its life. Full training is provided, along with regular support and puppy classes and meetups with other volunteers. You do not need to have previous experience, but a love for dogs is vital as is enough free time to take them for regular walks and training sessions. Veterinary bills are covered by the charity. Puppies begin their early training at the tender age of six-weeks-old when they are placed with a puppy walker, who teaches them basic commands, how to walk to heel and socialises them with other dogs and people in different environments. Volunteers take them to shops, on public transport, buses and trains so that when they go into full-time training they are not distracted by anything. It's a truly rewarding

role, seeing them grow into lovely dogs and volunteers often make firm friends with each other. Giving the puppy back at the end will, of course, be really tough, but volunteers know that the dogs make such a different to the lives of their eventual owners that it is worth it. To find out more about becoming a Puppy Walker, visit www. guidedogs.org.uk.

Theale Village Fete

Theale will be hoping for good weather on Saturday 7th July as the community will be coming together to hold this year's village fete. Why not go along and join them from 12 – 4pm on North Street playing fields (RG7 5EX) for a whole lot of family fun? You'll find the produce, baking and an art competition, sponsored by Frame Direct, a grand raffle and community games sponsored by our friends at Parkers. If you're in need of a bit of pampering, Theale Wellbeing are running a Wellbeing Tent. Of course, you'll find the dog show running this year, as well as the chance for children to handle small animals and reptiles. And once you've done all that, you can find some refreshment at the beer tent! Have a great day!

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EVER WONDERED what your body is made of, or what it is doing?

How this works is that a safe electric signal is sent through your body via the machine’s footpads. This measures the impedance, ie, how strong or fast the electrical signal goes through your body. With this data and your weight, boditrax is able to calculate all the metrics you’ll use to start tracking progress and setting goals.

The scales tell one story; mirrors tell another. boditrax™ is the body composition tool; medically approved and used by leading hospitals and universities as well as Formula One and Premier League football teams. boditrax™ gives you the full picture and goes way beyond Body Mass Index (BMI). Here’s just a taste of what you’ll get from a single 30 second analysis:

Since being introduced in 1992, the body composition scale has undergone three major updates. Today the BIA used by boditrax™ is recognised as the world leader in practical body composition analysis.

• Muscle mass - the weight of all the muscle in your body • Total Body Water Percentage – how much water is in your body expressed as a percentage of your weight

• Bone Density – this is a measure of bone strength

You can also check your progress on the boditrax™ website or app. When you take your first boditrax™ reading, you will be given the option to create a profile or take a reading as a guest. If you create a profile, your reading will be saved and you can review your profile, readings and goals online or on the app.

• Visceral Fat - also known as organ fat. Excess visceral fat is associated with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, Inflammatory diseases and other obesity-related diseases.

Now here’s the science bit... If you don’t like technical language, you might want to skip this bit. But if you want to know what’s going on inside boditrax™ and how it actually works‌ boditrax™ uses something called Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA).

• Fat Mass - the weight of all the fat in your body • Muscle Distribution - readings for each arm and leg, plus your abdomen

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sunshine. Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl, dip in a brush or wide toothed comb and apply to dry hair. Then all you need to do is find some sun! 20 minutes or so should do it, but remember, this is permanent!


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Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spritz over chairs and tables to remove mildew stains and prevent mould from forming.


Freeze Grapes to chill white wine without it getting watered down.


Remove gum from an item of clothing by putting it in the freezer for an hour. Once it’s frozen the gum will pick off easily.



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Use a strand of dried spaghetti as a lighter for candles it’ll stop you burning your fingers.

Hang a tennis ball on a piece of string from your ceiling in the garage at the exact spot you want to stop - saves you bumping into the wall!



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Keep tents and sleeping bags smelling fresh and free of must when not in use. Pour cat litter into an old sock, tie the end, and store inside the bag or tent.

shoes can get pretty smelly, especially if you wear them without socks in the summertime. Knock down the odour and soak up moisture by occasionally sprinkling a little salt into them.

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your summer corn on the cob taste sweeter and fresher. Just add 1/4 cup powdered milk to the pot of boiling water before you toss in the corn.

A small dish of Bicarbonate of soda in the wardrobe will absorb extra moisture and keep clothing fresh and dry.


Stick a few cloves into a lime and set on your outdoor dining table - this will act as a natural bug repellent


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A fun-fuelled ride fizzing with charisma and charm. After the success of Rogue One the Star Wars universe continues to expand, this time with the backstory to one of the series much loved heroes, Han Solo. Like any Star Wars film it will split the purists, but for the mainstream there’s much to love in this swashbuckling, light-hearted crowd pleaser.


The story falls somewhere between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, amidst the rise of the Empire and fractious crime syndicates. As soon as we set eyes on Alden Ehrenreich as the young tearaway Solo running scams on the mean streets of planet Corellia, the first box is ticked. Say what you like about the rest of the movie but the casting of Ehrenreich alone immediately draws you in to the action. His looks, mannerisms and charm fizz off the screen and what could have been the film’s biggest let down ends up being it’s guiding light.


Han’s love interest is his partner in crime Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), both trying to escape the clutches of a criminal gang for a life of freedom in the galaxy. A stolen sample of Hyperfuel is his ticket to ride, and a place on the Imperial Flight Academy to fulfil his dream as the best pilot in the galaxy. However his career is short-lived. Chucked out of flight school and defecting after a spell as an Infantryman he winds up back where he belongs with a gang of galactic smugglers, led by Tobias Becket (Woody Harrelson). Becket

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doesn’t just need a pilot, he needs muscle. Luckily Solo has that covered thanks to an unlikely encounter with a grouchy Wookiee named Chewbacca. And so the adventure begins as our dirty rotten scoundrels plan their biggest heist to date, with a bounty that will set them up for life. A top pilot needs a top ride, leading them to the Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) an infamous smuggler with a penchant for the high life, ladies and fine bespoke capes. Standing in the way of Han and Lando’s prize possession, The Millennium Falcon, is a game of high stakes Sabacc (Poker to me and you). You can guess which way it goes. Although you are waiting for the reveal of so many nostalgic touchstones with the Solo of the original trilogy, when they do come they are mostly delivered with an integrity and authenticity than

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can’t fail to raise a smile. But it’s not just the wistful sentimentality or Ehrenreich’s star turn that creates such an entertaining romp, it’s also the absence of some typical star wars ingredients. Whilst some may fault the movie for being devoid of the more complex themes of war, light and dark, and the force, for me this is exactly why it worked. In throwing off these shackles Director Ron Howard can focus solely on the all-out action, fun and frolics without being weighed down by the usual scrutiny that those themes tend to unearth. Solo: A Star Wars Story may not be one of the finest instalments in the saga but it’s a highly enjoyable footnote that’s well worth a watch, so leave your cynicism and expectations at the door and just enjoy the ride.



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Cogs and chronometers!! This book is brilliant! As soon as Lily’s father, Professor John Hartman’s airship, Dragonfly, is ambushed by mysterious men with less life than a graveyard full of plague sufferers, you know it is going to be a good read. It is about a girl, Lily, who is on a quest with her friends, Robert Townsend and Malkin, the mechanical fox, to save her father from a villain and his henchmen. The story has a theme of loyalty and equality and teaches the reader everything should be treated the same, whether they are robots, people or evil villains (perhaps not the last one). I would definitely give the book 5 stars because of the strong message yet with an extremely exciting plot. It drags you in from the start and keeps up the excitement all the way through the book. The book is full of a good mix of characters: heroes, heroines, mechanicals, mechanimals and monstrous villains. My favourite character was Robert because of the way he just gets on with things and his loyalty to Lily and Malkin. Malkin is determined to do things and not to fail his master and has bags of resilience. I would recommend this book to fans of modern books set in a historical era and fans of robot stories. If you try Cogheart and love it there is a sequel called Moonlocket which is equally as brilliant.

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arents can breathe a sigh of relief this summer. No more dreading the long summer holidays, no more listening to the cries of ‘I’m Bored!’ and no more desperate searching for fun activities to keep the kids off their screens. The answer will be here on our doorstep this summer in the shape of Sports Xtra.

Sports Xtra are running a summer holiday sports camp at The Willink Leisure Centre in Burghfield Common from 23rd July until 10th August. The camp caters for children aged 5-12 and provides sessions packed full of sporting activities that the children just love, with a focus on ensuring every child enjoys every experience. Sessions include four sports or more each day, plus an hour of swimming (subject to pool availability), so there really is something

for everyone and all abilities are catered for, too. There are tons of sports on offer which include, but are not limited to, football, tennis, dodgeball, mini fencing, tri golf, cricket, basketball and hockey. Whether your child takes part in the standard day or the extended day, you can be sure they will have a fun-packed, active time with likeminded children and inspiring coaches. Sports Xtra are already working

successfully with local schools delivering their PE syllabus and afterschool clubs, so are already well-known to many locals. Their activity courses are really engaging and have a positive impact on children’s physical, social and emotional well-being. The team are passionate about the benefits that a healthy lifestyle brings, not just in terms of fitness, but also for healthy emotional development and increased selfesteem. As you would expect, each session is professionally delivered in a safe and positive environment. Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide have benefited from Sports Xtra over the last fifteen years. Would your child like to join them?

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BurghďŹ eld Common Ages 5-12 Mon 23rd July - Fri 10th August St PaulĘźs Primary School Tilehurst Ages 5-12 Mon 30th July - Fri 24th August Kennet Leisure Centre Thatcham Ages 5-12 Mon 13th August - Fri 31st August 9.30am - 4pm from ÂŁ21 per day Sessions can also be extended from 8.30am - 5pm at a cost of ÂŁ7 Booking is made easy with an online booking system, and if the dates at The Willink don’t suit, check out the dates at our neighbouring Sports Xtra centres... See you there! Booking at:


ÂŁ16.50 per day 10am-3pm Additional holiday hours are available from 8am-10am & 3pm-6.pm at an additional cost of ÂŁ3.75 per hour.

Our holiday club runs from Tuesday 24th July until Friday 31st August

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